FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Thanks to a generous amount of interior padding, this new helmet from Giro sits a bit higher up on the head for those who prefer their helmet fit that way. It was hard for us to get a true sense for the fit, though, because our sample arrived sans ear pads. In other words, definitely try this one on, which will also help in the color-picking department with more than just a few options here. While the liner size is fairly easy to adjust manually, we’re starting to get accustomed to the dial fit systems that appear to be making their way onto goggle manufacturers’ standard features lists.

FAVORITE FEATURES: We did, however, get a sense for the impact absorbency of the VN liner, which compresses and springs back to form quite easily. We also like the Soft Shell’s flexibility that’s tangible when you push in from either side, said to lend comfort, durability and versatility in terms of managing low and high impacts.

MANUFACTURER DESCRIPTION: An all-new offering in our innovative Soft Shell category, the Discord helmet expands your options for freestyle freedom and expression in natural terrain. Built for progressive freestyle and backcountry riders, where day-to-day impacts are inevitable, the Discord design combines our patent-pending, impact-absorbing dual density Vinyl Nitrile (VN) liner with a proprietary, flexible outer shell resulting in an ultra-durable, flexible, and comfortable helmet for both high and low-energy impacts. The Discord’s low-profile design features Thermostat Control adjustable venting, Auto Loc 2 fit system as well as removable ear pads and seamless compatibility with all Giro EXV goggles for a dialed fit and fog-free function in any condition.